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. president obama seems very conflicted about what to do, and i'm not sure i can really blame him, but more and more cities and states are blaming obama care for cutting their government worker jobs and work hours. this ill-advised health care law is likely to cut more private sector jobs than the budget-cutting sequester. all of that and more coming up on "the kudlow report" coming up right now. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> first up tonight's speaker of the house john boehner says republicans will not shut down the government over obama care. cnbc's john harwood has that story for us. good evening, john. >> reporter: congress returns in just over two weeks to a huge fight over government spending and debt. with no agreement in sight between the white house and congressional republicans, both sides are trying to prepare the ground for the battle and the economic bus tour president obama today tried to rally public opinion against a possibility of a government shutdown aimed at his health care law. most recently there's been threats that we would shut down the government unless we agreed to roll back the
. president obama says he hasn't made a decision yet, but that he is considering limited, narrow action in response to the chemical weapons attack. ed henry is at the white house monitoring the situation. ed joins us now. ed? >> reporter: andrea, good to see you. after days of laying low on syria, the president let his secretary of state, john kerry, take the lead on this issue twice this week. he came out a short time ago and spoke out, went after president assad in syria by basically saying this is a challenge to the world right now to step up and lead in the wake of this gas attack that killed, according to the administration, over 1400 people, mostly women and children inside syria. but the president now finds himself in a very difficult position. this is a nobel peace prize winner, someone that ran for president in 2008 saying you have to go to the u.n., you have to get congressional authorization before you act militarily. now standing alone on the world stage, pushing basically for unilateral u.s. military action, the president seeing his reset with russia, now in tatters at the
of folks were expecting president obama to come out and announce that they had decided to move forward unilaterally move forward without congressional approval, and that's not what he said. he said he has decided that military action is the right next step but that he is going to put the matter to a vote in congress, and of course we know in the past several days, more and more members of congress have been saying that they want a vote, and they think they deserve a vote before president obama actually launches any type of military strike, so it appears as though those voices have won in this case, so this will be put to a congressional vote. a couple things that stood out to me, craig. president obama saying that the chairman of the joint chiefs told him he is ready to move forward with military action, and that it's not necessarily time sensitive, that if this occurs in a month they would still be able to weaken assad's military capabilities. so that is one of the things that stood out. another thing, you didn't hear president obama say he was going to call congress back right now, a
-american president standing on those same steps he did in 1963. here is president obama commemorating dr. king's dream and his lasting legacy this afternoon. >> on a hot summer day they assembled here in our nation's capital under the shadow of the great emancipator. everyone that realizes what those glorious patriots knew on that day that change does not come from washington but to washington. that change has always been built on our willingness, we, the people, to take on the mantle of citizenship, you are marching. that's the lesson of our past. that's the promise of tomorrow. >> okay, bob, you were particularly moved by this speech as you were by dr. king's speech so many years, 50 years ago. >> yeah. i think if dr. king had been alive today, listened to these tributes, i think he would have been -- first of all, he would have been amazed there was a black president, but i think obama did exactly the right thing. i think he talked about change coming from the grass roots into washington, not the other way around. i know there's been a lot of controversy about washington dictating from here
,. >>> good evening, everybody. thank you for being with us. barack obama as senator and candidate often mocked the foreign policy of president george w. bush. but as president himself, obama cannot escape his mounting foreign policy folies and he and his administration and the american people are now bearing the embarssing consequences.% . former egyptian president hosni mubarak, president obama helped force him from power more than two years ago, today was ordered to be released from prison by an egyptian court. to be released within 48 hours. mubarak's release is another slap in the face for mr. obama. it follows the ouster of the muslim brotherhood from power and mr. obama's president of choice, mohamed morsi. the violent and deadly clashes between the military-run government and muslim brotherhood and, in fact, -- have backed protest to the wall and they are responding. continuing with violence and all likelihood this friday wn morsi supporters reportedly will conduct what tey call a day of martyrs. and no relief for president obama in syria either. assad opposition forces claiming
. >> president obama spoke briefly to reporters shortly after kerry made those remarks. he was less emphatic, his message was similar. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people, including children, that they are held to account. >> the team of u.n. weapons inspectors invest galting tigai attack have now left syria. pentagon officials tell nbc news that five guided missile destroyers are in the eastern mediterranean sea and nearly all of the targets have already been loaded into the warheads of some 200 tomahawk cruise missiles. a strike would be limited and tailored to syria's chemical weapons program. president f president obama were to order such a strike it will come without support from great britain. prime minister david cameron suffered a humiliate regbuk in parliament after they voted against military intervention. cameron says he will honor their wishes. france's leader says they are in, and he -- any american strike would also come without the
a great weekend. ♪ lou: thank you for being with us, president obama's middle east policies are no more coherent tonight than two and a half years ago when he insisted on mubarak's departure from power. the administration's lack of a clear foreign policy objetive in eggpt dpled to the overthrow of mubarak. the muslim brotherhood's asession to power, and now the secular military's removal of egyptian president morsi and the violent and deadly clashes between security forces and morsi supporters that have followed. the white house, again today refused to exj -- acknowledge whether they will continue to send ai to the egyptian government and mill their that reportely killed hundreds since the beginning of last week, and pro-morsi demonstrators are blamed for the death of dozens of police, security forces, and christians who blame the muslim brotherhood for the torching, looting, and destructn of as many as 40 coptic christian churches. he's been in prison for two years, and proximate result cleareddhim of a corruption chge, the former president's release stoking fears the muslim brotherhoo
and terrorism. this is a statement. i'll read it to you, congressman. president obama is advocating his responsibility as commander in chief and undermining the authority of future presidents. the president does not need congress to authorize a strike on syria. if assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians deserves a military response, and i believe it does, and if the president is seeking congressional approval, then he should call congress back into special session at the earliest date. the president doesn't need 535 members of congress to enforce his own red line. you totally disagree with peter king. tell our viewers quickly, because we're out of time, congressman rangel, why he's wrong and you're right. >> peter king i thought was on the right track when he said the president should call back the congress. but this whole idea that he doesn't need 535 -- at least i hope he's saying we need the majority. to an extent of what his belief is, it's 135th of the united states congress. so i respect him or anybody else who believes the president is authorized to attack another count
. then senator obama answered that question by saying, the president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. i pressed jay carney on that point today in the daily briefing and also, meanwhile, republicans like john mccain tonight are saying, if there is going to be military action, it cannot be a symbolic action, backing up the president's rhetoric about a red line, it's got to be serious action that decimates assad's military. take a listen. >> do you believe that exists right now? >> i believe it is a threat to the united states. i believe that absolutely allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place, without a response would present a significant challenge to -- a threat to the united states national security interests. >> if it's simply that we launch some cruise missiles and do that for three gayes and not have a significant effect on the momentum on the battlefield. it will have a -- an unhelpful effect. if we do it right, and
tomorrow. lou: good evening, everybody. thank you for being with us. nowhere is president obama's foreign-policy are obviously confused than contradictory of egypt. what could be more confounding than the administration's apparent support for not only the secular military, but its embrace at the same time of a muslim brotherhood with israel and western civilization itself. president obama today addressing the violence and deadly clashes between the egyptian military and supporters of ousted president mohammed morsi. a battle that has claimed the lives of more than 600 people over the past few days and injured more than 4000. president obama scolded the egyptian military today, saying that traditional cooperation with egypt cannot continue as civilians continue to be slaughtered before claiming to be neutral in the conflict. >> we do not take sides with any particular party. or political figure. i know it is tempting inside of egypt. to blame the united states or the west or some other outside actions for what has gone wrong. we have been blamed by supporters of mohammed morsi and we have
joining us. have a great night. >> good evening thank you for being with us president obama and italy's policies are no more coherent united to and a half years ago when he insisted on an mubarak departure from power there clear lack of policy led to his overthrow the muslim brotherhood ascension to power in now and the secular military removal of the egyptian military removal of mohammad morsi and now the deadly clash between security forces and morsi supporters. the white house again today refused to make knowledge whether they will continue to send a to the egyptian government and military that has reportedly killed hundreds of morsi demonstrators since last week but those questions that play in the muslim brotherhood for the torching , looting and destruction with those churches and josh ernest told the white house press corps today that a decision on aid to egypt has been set aside to contrast the white house position at two years ago when mubarak was in power president obama himself for in the end to cut off a billion and a half dollars of aid if his government did not
you for being with us. barack obama often mocks the foreign policy of president george w. bush. as president himself obama cannot escape his mounting foreign policy flies. and he and his administration and the american people are now bearing the embarrassing consequences. former egyptian president, president obama held for some from power more than two years ago. to the was ordered to be released from prison. he is to be released within 48 hours. his release is another slap in the face for mr. obama. follows the ouster of the muslim brotherhood from power and mr. obama's president of choice. the violence and deadly clashes between the military-run vernment and the muslim brotherhood and the protesters are now responding. continuing with violence in all likelihood this friday when supporters reportedly will conduct what they call a day of martyrs. and no relief for president obama in syria either. opposition forces climbing more than 1,000 civilians were killed in chemical gas attacks earlier today on the outskirts of damascus. the alleged attacks come exactly one year and one d
obama has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. we have done that. and again, we are prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options. >> we have two reports on these new developments. nbc news's kristen welker and amaa reporter also. >>> what's the latest and what are the options being considered. >> reporter: the white house, you're absolutely right, saying there's little doubt that chemical weapons were being used by the assad regime. they're reacting to the fact that the syrian government will let u.n. inspectors into the alleged site of the chemical weapons attack. the white house expressing concern that it could be too little too late. they say that area has been shelled for five straight days. here's a statement from the administration, an administration official, that we just got this morning. this avenue says, quote, at this juncture, any belated decision by the regime to gran access would be considered to late to be credible including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a res
obama in the rose garden making his case for a limited u.s. military action in syria. we're going to go through the president's speech piece by piece, analyzing his words, what he said and why. let's bring in our panel, u.s. air force lieutenant general michael short joins us now from washington. cnn intelligence and security analyst bob bear is in colorado, and dana bash who has been doing fantastic reporting is live for us in washington. bit oba president obama started about the nature of the chemical attack in syria. listen to what he sglad taid. >> ten days ago the world watched in horror as men, women, and children were massacred in syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. yesterday the united states presented a powerful case that the syrian government was responsible for this attack on its own people. our intelligence shows the assad regime and its force preparing to use chemical weapons, launching rockets in the highly populated suburbs of damascus, and acknowledging that a chemical weapons attack took place. all of this corroborates what the world can plai
looking out for you. >> this is a fox news alert just a short time ago members of the obama administration briefed members of the -- in syria. he has not said what if any military action he will take in syria. lawmakers voted against military action which is a huge defeat to british prime minister james cameron. >> john, lawmakers who received that briefing this evening said they came away with the impression that the president still has not made a final decision about the strike. >> the president is going to have to make his case to the congress and to the american people. i think before he takes any action. the problem that he finds himself in and has placed us in is if he does not take action now. a paper tiger to statements the rest of the world. >> senior white house official tells fox that the uss stout is now in position off the coast of syria. for a period of time there will be five destroyers in the area. the pentagon has also opted to keep two aircraft carriers in the persian gulf. the pentagon is not concerned about reports from russia that it is sending surface -- two surface
>>> good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm karen finney. we just heard from president obama about the situation in syria and the question remains, are we going to war? >> ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in syria. in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. over 1,000 people were murdered. young girls and boys, gassed to death. i have decide that had the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets. i've made a second decision. i will seek authorizing for the use of force from the american people's representatives in congress. the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective. i respect the views of these call for caution. what message will we send if f a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price? i know well that we are weary of war. but we are the united states of america. we cannot and must not turn a blind eye to what happened in damascus. we lead with the belief that right makes might. not the othe
could strike again as president obama hold a meeting to weigh the options on a high-level strike in syria. we all await his decision as does the world. martha: we have new reports from the "wall street journal" that the white house is moving quickly on this because they have reason to believe syria is planning to launch another chemical attack in the country's largest city aleppo. wait wants to accomplish with action. molly henneberg is live at the white house leading our coverage. what is the white house saying? >> the u.s. has to get involved because the world community cannot leave a chemical attack or chemical attacks plural unanswered. but the white house says the goal is not to out of syrian president bashar al-asaad. even though the obama administration believes this is not the only chemical weapons attack by the regime this year. >> the options being considered by the president and his national security team are not around the question of whether chemical weapons were used in syria on a massive scale causing death and injury to innocents women and children. its many not w
. bye. "newsroom" starts now. >>> happening now in "newsroom" abandoning obama and the solo strike. >> for the president to act without authorization. >> a coalition crumbles and allies ditch america. >> the president is going to have to make his case. >> i do believe we have to do something. >> will the u.s. go it alone? >>> also, od'ing on tylenol? 80,000 americans sent to the e.r. each year. ahead what the company is doing about it. >>> plus, settled. >> i think it's a good day for thousands of football players who are dealing with different afflictions. >> 700 million plus dollars. compensation for concussions. >> they're almost certainly going to be able to eliminate any future lawsuit. >>> and you can have your pot and smoke it, too. the feds will now let states decide on pot. >> i love seattle, washington, rocks. >> colorado, washington. >> they call it wake and bake. some wake up every morning. ♪ light up. you're live in the cnn "newsroom." >>> more on the doj pot decision a little later. good morning to you, i'm carol costello. first up, syria. president obama reaches ou
news alert. president obama making his first comments on the potential terror threat telling tonight show's jay leno how severe these threats really are. >> it's significant enough we are taking every precaution. we had already done a lot to bolster security around the world but especially the middle east and north africa where the threat is the highest. whenever we see a threat that is specific enough that we can take specific precautions within a certain time frame than we do so. >> the president says americans planning to travel abroad should not over react but should make smart decisions. >> the general rule is just show common sense. if people are paying attention checking with the state department find out what kind of precautions you should be taking i think it makes sense for people to take vacations. >> this morning we are learning who may be behind the plot this man who runs perhaps the most dangerous branch of al qaeda. >> they fear he might get help from a large number of prisoners who may escaped prison in 19 weeks. 19 diplomatic pass illities in 16 companies remain temp
the question, can the u.s. and prausesident oa go it alone? >> president obama makes his case for action in syria, this crisis in syria. >> president obama laid down his thoughts. however, congress right now very reluctant. >> many members of congress are not on board. >> some members are calling on congress. >> 116 congress members. >> the american representatives need to be a part of that discussion. >> we do need to see some approve. >> this whole debate is contaminated by the legacy of iraq. >> i am deeply mindful. >> british lawmakers are pumping the brakes, as well. >> the well of public opinion was well and truly poisoned by the iraq episode. >> because of iraq. >> the ground war is under way. those weapons of mass destruction have to be somewhere. >> this is not like iraq. >> there is a broad consensus here. >> i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria. >> while washington is not talking about regime change, the syrian rebels certainly are. >> first and foremost to the american public, we do need to see proof. >> what would the legal justification be? >> what
expects, quote, president obama understands that the brits can not now join in any military attack. >> i haven't spoken to him since the debate and the vote but i would expect to speak to him over the next day or some i don't think it's a question of having to apologize. >> reporter: after the u.k. parliament vote a spokesperson for the president's national security council put out a statement saying quote, the u.s. will continue to consult with the u.k. government, one of our closest allies and friends. as we have said president obama's decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the united states. but french president francois hollande says whether or not the brits are involved he supports taking quote, firm action against syria and that includes a possible military strike. bill? bill: molly, will the president ask congress for authority? or what, how is the white house addressing that very issue? >> reporter: the white house says the president has been consulting with a number of members of congress but there's no indication the president intends to wait for a v
at the white house with the latest. what's going on, jim? >> reporter: >> reporter: wolf, president obama did not touch on the situation at the lincoln memorial, though he did address some domestic political issues. it was a brief diversion for the president, who is facing one of the biggest foreign policy challenges during his second term, if only he can overcome some major diplomatic hurdles. as the u.s. moved closer to military action, president obama interrupted his deliberation over syria to mark an historic milestone, the 50th anniversary of martin luter king's "i have a dream" speech. the words belonged to the ages. >> unmatched in our time. >> reporter: it was one of the only few public appearances for the president, who has little time to spend away from the white house. any decision to strike syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons is growing more complicated by the day. over at the u.n., syria's ambassador sounded the alarm and accused rebels of launching their own gas attacks. >> we are in a state of war, preparing for the worst scenario. >> accusing russia of blocking u.n.
as president obama. >> yeah, joe. david cameron really shocked because it was defections within his own party that caused ta defeat and if president obama decides to take action against the assad regime it appears he will be doing so without the support of our two strongest european allies. after an eight-hour debate the british parliament voted to reject a limited strike against syria. >> why is it that our allies in the middle east like saudi emirates, qatar, kuwait and others, cannot take military action, why does it fall on us yet again? >> put simply, is it in britain's national interest to maintain an international taboo about the use of chemical weapons on the battlefield, my argument is question it is. >> i take a question from the scottish national party. >> does he know if there are any plans over the last few days for any military action before next week, planned at all against syria? >> i obviously can't discuss the details of potential action in detail in front of this house, but i can tell the house that american president and i have had discussions that have been reported in th
room." >>> john, thanks very much. happening now, breaking news, the obama administration taking its strongest stance yet against syria. the secretary of state, john kerry, making it clear he has no doubt chemical weapons were used and there must be accountability. also, desperate efforts under way right now to save yosemite national park from an historic wildfire that's already scorched an area the size of chicago. and a rare interview with the oldest justice on the u.s. supreme court. why ruth bader ginsburg said this court is, quote, one of the most activist courts in history. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> jarring words by secretary of state john kerry. the white house says there is very little doubt the syrian regime is responsible for that attack and president obama is now evaluating how the united states plans to respond. it all comes on the same day u.n. inspectors, despite sniper fire, managed to visit one of the ar
the question we must all be asking is what will we do? let me emphasize, president obama, we in the united states, we believe in the united nations and we have great respect for the brave inspectors who in toward regime, gunfire and obstructions to their investigation, but as the secretary general has said again and again, the u.n. investigation will not affirm who use these chemical weapons. that is not the mandate of the u.n. investigation. they will only of term whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the un can't tell us anything that we haven't shared with you this afternoon or that we don't already know. and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism of any action through the urine -- the un security council the un cannot galvanize the world to act as it should. so let me be clear, we will continue talking to the congress, talking to our allies and most importantly talking to the american people. president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own time line is based on our values and our interests. we
this morning to see what the latest is on the case. >>> for the first time president obama addressed the decision to shut down embassies and diplomatic poes in the middle east and africa. the interview happened on "the tonight show with jay leno." the president also covered edward snow it is den and his relationship with john mccain and hillary clinton. a nice change of pace. what didn't they cover in the interview? >> everything. i think that's part of the reason why president obama really likes the late night talk shows. he does a lot of these. h he's the first sitting president to get in there with late night talk shows. this was his sixth appearance on leno's program. he talked about everything from the economy, health care re form, what's going on in the middle east and the nsa. ♪ >> reporter: in his first remarks on the al qaeda terror threat president obama insisting the u.s. is not overreacting in closing 19 embassies through tend of the week. >> how significant is this threat? >> well, b it's significant enough that we are taking every precaution. >> reporter: the presiden
with a fox news alert. the investigating chemical weapons have left syria. president obama says it's our obligation to act because it's a a threat to our national security. we have all those defor you next. >> call it uneducation of america. elementary school teaching kids the government is your family. tell you where big brother is taking on a whole new meaning. >> and the unlikely reunion no one saw coming. the man inside the bun coming up. he is revealed. "fox & friends" on this saturday morning starts right now. >> alisyn: good morning, everybody. thanks so much for joining us bright and early on this very important news weekend. so much is happening now that investigators have left syria, anything could happen at any moment. let's get to a fox news alert and the latest on syria for you. the u.n. team investigating the chemical attack has left the country as the obama administration the syria carried out a chemical attack. elizabeth prann is live for us in washington. >> completed four day investigation. the team collecting and carrying various samples for lab analysis to determine i
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secretary kerry talk. let me give you key point from president obama. i think this is the key statement he made. he has not made a final decision on actions that will be taken. that was, again, on remarks he made just a few moments ago. take a look at dow jones industrial average. there wasn't a lot of reaction there but that's because a lot of the stance he said was in secretary kerry's remark he had made in the final hour just before him. you see the dow fluttering around and that's because of what secretary kerry said. secretary kerry's speech was aggressive and restrainerestrai. he comes out agrss ive saying u.n. cannot gavel niz the world to act. then towards the end of his speech he becomes a little more, shall we say, restrained. the mal market rallies as he says the response from the u.s. will be limited and tailored, it will not involve any boots on the ground and the primary objective is to have a diplomatic process. which is what a lot of people are hoping for. interestingly today we have seen the markets hit the most act a little better. i'm talking about emerging markets which
's war fatigue is not, in his mind, an excuse for inaction. >> president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own timelines based on our values and our interests. we know that after a decade of conflict, the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am, too. but fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about, and history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator's wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency. these things we do know. >> john kerry's extremely strong statement this afternoon seemed to leave almost zero doubt the white house intended to act unilaterally in syria with a military strike, but then rather confusingly, it was almost immediately followed up with a statement from the president, himself, at an event with baltic leaders that if not substantively opposed to kerry, the opposite in tone. >> the world has an obligation to make sure that we m
obama says he hasn't decided exactly what to do. good morning, everyone. word of the day, delay. in an interview on pbs, president obama talked about a shot across the bows, a limited targeted strike. the united nations rejects military action. congress wants to be consulted. the brits say, it's like iraq all over again. so, wait till the u.n. inspectors confirm a gas attack. delays. over here, no delay for a gas price hike, it's started already. oil still priced at $109 a barrel and stocks will open dead flat. what will be the impact of this? the economy expanded at an annual rate of 2 1/2% between april and june. that's better than first reported. but come on, everybody, get used to the new normal. "varney & company" is about to begin. the most free research reports, customizable charts, powerful screening tools, and guaranteed 1-second trades. and at the center of it all is a surprisingly low price -- just $7.95. in fact, fidelity gives you lower trade commissions than schwab, td ameritrade, and etrade. i'm monica santiago of fidelity investments, and low fees and commissions
. waiting to address congress on this issue, 6:00 tonight when obama administration officials will brief congress about the intelligence and perhaps what it plans on doing from here. the administration says this week it will make public intelligence they have showing the syrian regime used chemical weapons but when you talk about the impending action may be taking place, you have the president of the united states and across the ocean the prime minister of britain both selling intervention. >> we said stop doing this, that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term. may have a positive impact on chemical weapons not used again on innocent civilians. >> it is this house that will survive what steps we next take if you agree to the motion i have set down, no action can be taken until we heard from the u.n. weapons inspectors and there has been further action at the united nations and another vote in this house. those of the conditions that we the british government, the british parliament are setting, and it is absolutely right that we do so. rich: the british p
. u.s. forces are said to be ready to go, only awaiting president obama's order. the commander in chief has been consulting with allied leaders by phone and now the white house is offering some clues about what the looming strike will and won't entail. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta has the latest information. what are you hearing over there, jim? >> reporter: white house officials say president obama is already discussing options for syria. he continues to line up support up on capitol hill and overseas for what appears to be an inevitable military strike for crossing that red line on chemical weapons, but white house officials are drawing other lines indicating just how far the president is willing to go. as white house state officials say president obama is making progress to use military force against syria, it was the vice president's turn to present the case for action. >> those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should and must be held accountable. >> there must be a response. >> reporter: white house press secretary jay
. how president obama handles the hopes of the joshua generation. >>> plus as debt and a sense of despair looms large over motown, detroit's next mayor will be former hospital chief mike duggin or the man we'll meet this morning, wayne county sheriff benny napoleon. august 27th, this is "the daily rundown." lets get to my first reads of the morning. secretary of state john kerry laid out an aggressive case for intervention in syria arking evidence of the largest chemical attack in decades is undeniable. the latest escalation with a steady drum beat by the united states and its allies, which is clearly a leadup to military action. >> the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. president obama has made clear to the outside regime that this international norm cannot be violated without consequences. >> it's an important phrase. you heard it a lot, not just from john kerry but jay carney, international norm, significant, ready for strike significant on three main tracks, one, intelligence community backing up conclusions the c
for a crews missile strike. president obama is down playing intervention without a mandated from the u.n. mystery soft. we now know where samantha power was when there was an emergency u.n. meeting. she was on a personal trip to ireland. power missing that meeting just 19 days after she assumed the post. also new this morning, grammy winning singer linda ryanstat is revealing she has been dealing with parkinson's disease ♪ always breaks my hart in two. >> recent interview with the arp the 67-year-old music legend says she was diagnosed 8 months ago has been experiencing symptoms for as long as 8 years. ron stat says that the neurological disorder has left her unable to sing and she must now travel using a wheelchair. army major nidal hasan found guilty on all counts in the fort hood shooting rampage. he sat stone faced as that verdict was read. sentencing will begin on monday. hasan faces the death penalty for killing 13 people and injuring 30 others when he opened fire nearly 30 years ago. all 14 jurors must vote for execution or he will get life in prison. if you write a letter to
not know already. is it enough to move? >> i think at this point it is pretty clear that all that obama can count on is the french. at least the head of the country is with them. i think he really needs to convince our own people of the need for this. this request is really more about 2003 in iraq and 2011 in libya. the congress does not want to be cut out of this decision. connell: they had a real big argument over it. >> it is not clear what is going to happen. we have a lot of democrats and republicans saying we do not want to be committed to a military action whose strategy and consequences at this point cannot be foreseen. connell: i do not know if it is a tough spot, but the president backed himself into a corner. it seems as though action is necessary. there is no turning back at this point. >> i think that is absolute crap. the idea that the president, to bolster his personal credibility would stab our military to attack another country. there is no imminent threat to america. there is no reason not to consult congress. obama is doing the same things that he criticized bush for. bus
shelling in the area. on saturday, president obama reviewed a range of options and possible targets with his national security team. the u.s. has already four destroyers nearby in the mediterranean sea, two within missile range. members of congress are comparing the situation to kosovo calling for surgical strikes using cruise missiles. >> i think we have to respond and i think we have to respond in conjunction with our nato allies, respond much as was done in libya with the nato allies and i think we cannot afford to sit back and wait. >> president assad says this morning, quote, failure awaits the united states if it attacks. comparing a conflict with syria to vietnam. >> well, i don't know. we could just kill you. actually. it wouldn't really be hard to find you and kill you. >> there is that. >> i mean, i don't think it's going to take us -- >> here's reuters. >> showing tepid support at home. only 25% of americans would want the u.s. to intercede, down five points from two weeks ago. andrew roberts writes in the "wall street journal," it takes a barbarian to employ poison gas.
to defund obama care. so ted cruz, he's a player. >> just ask him. >> no. listen, he's going to iowa and people are going -- >> people like him. people are excited about him. >> why? >> i think he taps into -- >> because he's a cade nade yan. >> the sinking sarah palin base, people that were excited about sarah palin, have now transferred to ted cruz. >> and michele bachmann. >> so that is a vibrant part of the republican party, love them or hate them, they look every two to four years for someone that will champion their animosity towards the large federal bureaucracy. >> it's resentment. >> animosity. >> resentment. but it's the sarah palin supporters, the herman cain supporters in a sense the donald trump supporters. you line them all up and that's -- and we have people going out there -- who knows. maybe cruz is going towards 2016 more powerful because instead of tripping over, you know, sarah palin and herman cain and michele bachmann and all these other people, maybe he has that space all to himself. >> but what -- >> and then there's rand paul the libertarian. >> which is so m
kelliy. the obama administration is weighing the options on the possibility of a military strike to punish syria's reportedous of chemical weapons. congressional leaders are expected to be briefed on the situation later today. recently as two daysing on, it appeared that the u.s. and allies were ready to act at and moment. but today world powers are walking back suggesting that a military strike is imminent. british prime minister cameron said it is unthinkable to support a strike if there is strong opposition in the un. they argue that the political solution can only happen if there is a stop in the escalation of violence. israel is bracing for a worst- case scenario. they are deployed to maintain order as this happeneds of people get gas masks and protective kits. israel called up reservist and deployed missile defense bat row with syria and iran striking for any western military action. reporting live from the mideast bureau. hello, leland. >> there is growing fores that the longer the war of words goes on the worse the war will be. especially as iran and syria are making thre
of syria, and prepared to strike once president obama gives the okay. and we expect to learn more from u.s. intelligence experts as early as today. they're set to release the report laying out the evidence of last week's reported chemical attack in a suburb of the capital city damascus. some news agencies reported that more than 100 people died there. others said it was more than a thousand. this afternoon, a state department spokeswoman said any claim that the rebels launched the attack defies logic. >> it's undeniable that chemical weapons were used here on a large scale know. the regime maintains custody of the weapons and uses these rockets and well know the opposition does not have the capability. >> of course, the syrian regime has blamed the opposition. also, therer is no evidence to support that, and though today syria's foreign minister vowed his nation would defend itself using all means available. jonathan hunt will have more on that in a moment. first, jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon, and, jen, what are you learning about this potential military strike? >> well, trac
obama is saying we're doing a shot across the bow. for them we're going home. three days we don't want an iraq war. it has none of the effect of a shot across the bow. it is simply a way to assuage the conscience of a president and a lot of people in the west without achieving anything. >> one more challenge. the syrian government requested u.n. inspector teams stay on the ground to investigate the scenario that rebel groups have been using chemical weapons. that could lead to yet another delay. back to you. >>gretchen: syria is the main topic of discussion today and whether or not the president is going to actually make a decision today or not. this is really a serious matter. i think it is interesting to watch how this unfolds with sort of this deliberating with the president. we've known him over the last five and a half years to take time to make decisions, but do you need to be a little bit more definitive when making such an important decision as this. could it have to do with what britain is doing? david cameron called parliament back so they could discuss it there and parliamen
, and the obama administration saying it is ready to act in syria if needed. secretary jack lew on squawk saying moments ago the president will not negotiate over the debt ceiling. >>> good news for tiffany, and luxury, in that it was boosted by sales in china. >>> and the end of the era, bill ackman is bailing on jcpenney, and they are looki in ing to ses shares. >> and we will look at the new home sales to be released. >>> treasury secretary jack lew telling our own john harwood that the president will not e negotiate over the debt limit which could be reached in mid-octob mid-october. take a listen. >> we won't be negotiating over the debt ceiling and congress has authorized funding and committed to expenditures and now the question is do we pay the bills that the united states has incurred. it is the only way for that to do is for congress the act and act quickly. what we need in the economy is certainlity, and we don't need a self-inflicted wound or crisis at the last minute. congress should come back, and they should act. >> jim, they say when it rains, it pours and government is part of t
obama getting back to business. meeting with financial regulators about implementing dodd-frank peter barnes has the very latest. peter: that is just one of the latest things he has on his plate. very busy with things like egypt and syria. the president would like to keep the focus on jobs and the economy. foreign-policy issues may not let him do that. he goes on a two were later this week. congress is out on its regular august recess. he has a megaphone right now and he needs to use it while he can. >> every president in their second term, lame ducks get closer every day. the president is walking a fine line of where he is in that timeline. peter: the end of the fiscal year is september 30. they have not worked out a deal to fund the government. they are looking at a continuing resolution of some kind that will buy more time. the debt ceiling is likely to be hit around october and november. have been reporting on this. he is looking at larry summers, his former economic advisor, as well as janet yellen. lori: funny you mention that. thank you, sir. charlie gasparino will join us to t
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